POST TIME: 5 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Skilled human resources

Skilled human resources

A skilled person is an asset for the country.  By using the skills a person can improve   his/her conditions greatly and can contribute to the development of the country. An unskilled person is a liability and an object of pity. Skilled manpower indicates a person who is trained, well-educated, energetic, experienced, devoted to his/her field and is capable of doing any specific work in a balanced way and efficiently.

The speakers at a certificate awarding and orientation ceremony of Management Professionals (ACMP) programme at Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University recently stressed the need for building skilled human resources to face the challenges of emerging technologies to be used in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). Only skilled persons can free the country from the curse of unemployment and contribute immensely to the economic development of the country.  Skilled persons usually do not face problems in getting jobs in their native country for survival. There are people who, equipped with proper skills, even do not care for employments, rather they create employments for themselves and others.  These people have great demand in their native land as well as in the global job markets.

 Over the years, hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis went to different countries, particularly in the Middle East countries, to change their lot. But all of them are not skilled workers. Those who went abroad without equipping themselves with the requisite skills are doing menial jobs. Since they have no bargaining power, they have to accept whatever jobs are offered to them. They have no job security and are at the mercy of their employers.

   In recent years, remittance from migrant workers became a driving force of the Bangladesh economy.  But this could have increased further had migrants with due skills in increasing numbers been engaged in jobs befitting them. Many Bangladeshi workers are confronted with job insecurity due to lack of basic education and vocational skills. Many were shown the door. Many returned to their homes utterly pauperized. Even at home, their lack of relevant skills and a mismatch between supply and demand leads to very poor employability and lower wages for them.  Taking all these into consideration, emphasis should be given on making the country’s technical and vocational training institutions need-oriented and effective for generating more competent work force to meet the growing national needs. There is no alternative to development of skills for exploring   job markets at home and abroad.